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The Lady in Red

It’s cupcake time again!

One of the biggest mysteries for non bakers (other than the white vs yellow cake question) is what exactly goes into making a red velvet cake.

Traditionally considered a Southern recipe, it gets its name from the dark red, bright red, or red-brown colored cake.  While food coloring is used to help achieve the red color, there’s also a little secret science that happens.  The reaction between the acidic vinegar and buttermilk tends to draw out the natural pigments in the cocoa, and also helps keep the cake light and fluffy. 

Add some cream cheese frosting and you’ll have a decadent desert that your friends will love.  They’ll want to know what makes it so moist, but light and airy at the same time. Whether you give up the secret is up to you!

Much Love!

The Lady in Red
Yields 24
This is a traditional Southern recipe for red velvet cupcakes. Add the cream cheese frosting, and these are sure to become a crowd favorite.
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For the cake
  1. 2½ cups cake flour
  2. 1½ cups sugar
  3. 1 tsp. baking soda
  4. 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1½ cups vegetable oil
  8. 1 cup buttermilk
  9. 2 tbsp. (1 oz.) liquid red food coloring
  10. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  11. 1 tsp. distilled white vinegar
For the frosting
  1. 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  2. 2 sticks butter, softened
  3. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  4. 6-8 cups confectioners' sugar
For the cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Line cupcake pans with liners.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the cake flour, sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, food coloring, vanilla and vinegar. Beat on medium speed until well blended.
  5. Mix in the dry ingredients on low speed and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared liners.
  7. Bake about 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let cool in the pans 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the frosting
  1. Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a bowl with an electric mixer until well combined.
  2. Add sugar and beat until frosting is light and fluffy, 5–7 minutes.
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Thursday 13!

Happy Thursday!  Today’s Thursday 13 is a 13 sentence snippet from Fall For You. Enjoy!

A 13 sentence snippet from my contemporary romance, Fall For You.

The bad news was that her chance at wowing him with her frilly, green sundress had bit the dust. The good news, obviously, was that Reed hadn’t let go of her yet.
She looked up to see that he was covered in powdered sugar too. Nothing to do now but brazen it out.
“Hi, Reed.”
“Hello, Sophie.”
Reed stared down at her with such a serious intensity that she began to stammer an apology. “I…” was all she managed to get out before he pulled her tighter, dipped his head, and pressed his lips to hers.
Okaaaay, this works too.
His lips were soft and hot and moved against hers with such precision that she wanted to climb him like a tree for greater contact. He pulled away, licked his lips, and murmured, “You taste so sweet.”
She gasped out, “I’m pretty sure that’s the sugar.”
Against her lips, he breathed, “No, it’s you. It’s all you, Sophie.”


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As soon as their lips met, Sophie knew she was in trouble. Reed cradled her head in both of his hands, his palms on her jawline and his fingers buried in her hair. This wasn’t a kiss made in the heat of the moment. It was hot, deliberate, and made with the intent of total seduction. If he wanted her to want him, she was already there.

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Sophie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies


Sophie's Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 36
A tried and true favorite from The Cookie Jar
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  1. 3/4 cup butter flavor Crisco
  2. 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  3. 2 Tbsp milk
  4. 1 Tbsp vanilla
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 3/4 tsp baking soda
  9. 1 12oz pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine shortening (Crisco), brown sugar, milk, and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer until creamy. Beat egg into creamed mixture. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, salt, and baking soda. Beat dry ingredients into creamed mixture until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Drop batter by rounded teaspoons on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  1. Makes about 3 dozen
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